Wednesday, August 4, 2010

To All the Pants-ers

Evan and I watched Stranger Than Fiction last night--loved it. Emma Watson is great.

She had a line in the movie that sent me uprooting kittens and scrambling for the nearest post-it so that I could share it with you, my fellow writers, and you, my fellow pants-ers:


"Like anything worth writing, it came inexplicably and without method." 


Not to bash on the outlined organizers, of course. But this spoke to me with a bullhorn, and I just had to share.

26 comments:

Amie McCracken said...

Love the new blog layout.

And that line hit me as well. I absolutely hate Will Ferrell, but I own that movie. It's wonderful.

Jules said...

I have not seen the movie for the same reason as Amie but I LOVE the quote. Thanks for jotting it down and sharing. :)
Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Old Kitty said...

Oooh now I want to see the movie now!!

Brilliant quote - sorry sweet kitties!! but hey this is art!!
:-)

take care
x

Piedmont Writer said...

Love love love that quote. It sounds so Hemingway-esque.

Jen said...

I really enjoyed that movie and I think the quote says it all. Brilliant! :)

Lola Sharp said...

YAY!!!!
I love that movie...even though it did make me cry.

I LOVE that quote!!

Happy Humpday to you.

Crystal Cook said...

I love Will Ferrell, I'll go ahead and say it. He was on SNL when I was in high school and I watched a lot of it :)

That movie is great, and the quote is purely AWESOME!!!

Falen (Sarah) said...

hey, i'm an outliner and that line makes total sense to me. Both the original idea and a lot of plot changes while i'm writing come inexplicably.

Man, you are like queen blog layout!
Also that is an awesome movie

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Such a great movie. Uprooting kittens *laughing*
I was a pants-er turned half planner. But this is such a great quote. It speaks to the half panst-er and well the planner as well...to me as the writer I should say.
Love the layout!

Summer said...

a wonderful quote- thank you for sharing!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

"uprooting kittens" What a great image. I love that quote, too--that's where the magic lies.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love it - great quote!

Great new blog layout - very pretty :)

Palindrome said...

that's pretty much how all my ideas come to me but in order to keep them all straight I write them down ina detailed manner. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I'm a reformed pantser -- but that quote still speaks to me!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Love your layout.

I enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing. You write much sense.

Yvonne.

Mia said...

That's an awesome quote! Makes me (slightly) proud to be a pantser. :)

Also, the layout is FABULOUS! I love orange so the leaves are scoring TRIPLE points for being various shades of that.

Portia said...

I love that line! I often feel that way. I confess, if I do outline it's usually after I've finished the story so I won't muck too much and ruin the dreaming part of writing.

DEZMOND said...

love the line and totally agree with it!

Belle said...

Love that quote. It's spot on!

Stephanie said...

LOVED that movie!! Saw it in the theater when it first came out.

Stephanie said...

And I am not a Will Farrell fan...but he was really good in this movie!!!

J. Kaye said...

I am a HUGE believer in planning. That said, my last first draft was not preplanned and it was the easiest one. I connected to well with the main character.

Guinevere said...

I love that quote! I like planning, but there are definitely some great moments of inexplicable and surprising writing that feel the "best", kwim?

Okie said...

I loved Stranger Than Fiction when I first watched it...so much fun. I need to go watch it again. Great movie.

Christine Danek said...

Love the line. I have not seen this movie but sounds interesting.
Love the new layout. Hope you are well and talk to you soon.

The Words Crafter said...

I'm not a big Will Ferrell fan, but I loved that movie to pieces!!!! He, like Jim Carrey, needs to do more serious stuff....